Kendall Chick

BDN

For months the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, or OPEGA, has been investigating Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

The inquiry follows the death of two children at the hands of caregivers – Kendall Chick and Marissa Kennedy. On Sunday, Portland Press Herald journalist Eric Russell reported that caseworkers within the department feel restricted in their ability to help children

Maine Public staff/file

AUGUSTA, Maine - A LePage administration official is set to testify before a legislative watchdog investigating Maine's struggling child welfare system.
 
Republican Sen. Tom Saviello said that the Legislature's Government Oversight Committee has subpoenaed Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Ricker Hamilton to appear before the panel Tuesday.
 

Patty Wight / Maine Public

The state agency charged with government oversight, OPEGA, released a report Thursday about the state's handling of two child abuse cases that resulted in death.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A legislative watchdog in Maine says it needs more time to probe the state's response in the cases of two girls who recently died following abuse.
 
The Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability aims to produce a "rapid response'' report on the handling of the deaths of 10-year-old Marissa Kennedy, who died in February in Stockton Springs, and another girl, 4-year-old Kendall Chick, who died in December in Wiscasset.
 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine child abuse advocates and law enforcement officials are speaking out after two girls recently died following abuse in their homes.
 
Kate Perkins of the Maine Children's Trust said child abuse and prevention councils are working with law enforcement officials to "insure Maine children are safely nurtured.''
 
The groups are holding a news conference on Tuesday.